Archives for December 2017

Highlights: December MAC Meeting

Opening Comments from the Dean
David S. Wilkes, MD

  • Implications of HR 1, Tax Cut and Jobs Act, on Graduate Student Stipends
    • Negative impact upon our students, UVA, and nation
      • College will be less affordable
      • Discourages participation in higher education
      • Discourages employer investment in employee learning
      • Decreases US competitiveness
      • Brightest minds will go outside of the US to advance
    • Elimination of Section 117(d) provisions
      • Devastating to research programs
      • No longer able to provide tax-free tuition for graduate students
        • Example: stipend of $24K and tuition waiver of $29K – student’s tax bill triples to $4,920
      • Erodes progress made in developing strong interest in STEM programs
        • Puts STEM education out of the reach of many students
      • Our legislators
      • Themes of Incoming UVA President Ryan
        • Community: opportunity to interact with and learn from a broadly diverse group of students, faculty, staff
        • Discovery: new knowledge that solves problems, leads to practical application, and brings new perspective to enduring questions
        • Service: public universities serve the public, starting with their own states
      • New Strategic Hire: Ken Walsh, PhD. Professor of CV Medicine and Director, Whitaker CV Institute, at Boston University SOM. Starts January 25, 2018. $.9M year one, $3.5M over five years.

Overview of Equal Opportunity & Civil Rights Policies and Reporting Options
Catherine Spear, AVP Equal Opportunity & Civil Rights
Emily Babb, AVP for Title IX Compliance & Title IX Coordinator

  • Presentation addressed:
    • Notice of non-discrimination and equal opportunity
    • Policy of Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence (Title IX Policy)
    • Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment (PADH Policy) and Preventing and Addressing Retaliation (PAR Policy)
    • Why reporting is important
    • How to report prohibited conduct under these policies
    • How to address prohibited conduct
  • See presentation.

December Health System Board Update
A. Bobby Chhabra, MD, Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Dr. Chhabra shared highlights from the December 6, 2017, HSB meeting. The HS goals dashboard showed notable improvement in solid organ and bone marrow transplants and addition investments by Seed & Venture Funds, moving these two indicators to green. All other categories are yellow.
  • FY18 first-quarter financial results were shared.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in the BIMS Classroom.

2018 Pinn Scholars Named

2018 Pinn Scholars (l-r): Alison K. Criss, PhD; Scott K. Heysell, MD, MPH; Benjamin W. Purow, MD; and Jeffrey J. Saucerman, PhD.

The Pinn Scholars program, which started last year, is an initiative born from strategic planning to support and recognize our mid-level faculty. Pinn Scholars are selected on the basis of their scientific expertise and contributions to the School of Medicine and to the greater research community. Pinn Scholars are expected to develop a new project or direction in their research and share their results at the annual symposium.

I am excited to share with you the 2018 class of Pinn Scholars. They are:

  • Alison K. Criss, PhD
    Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
    Neutrophilic inflammation due to Neisseria gonorrhoea infection
  • Scott K. Heysell, MD, MPH
    Medicine/Infectious Diseases and International Health
    Novel, integrated approaches to improve outcomes of tuberculosis therapy
  • Benjamin W. Purow, MD
    Neurology
    A staged, multi-modality approach with focused ultrasound to maximize its immunotherapeutic potential for glioblastoma
  • Jeffrey J. Saucerman, PhD
    Biomedical Engineering
    Systems biology of cardiac regeneration

The inaugural Pinn Scholars — Drs. Isakson, Laurie, Peirce-Cottler, and Zimmer — recently presented updates from their research at the School of Medicine Symposium on Research Excellence. I look forward to next year’s symposium and in hearing about the results from the newest batch of Pinn Scholars’ work.

The Scholars program is named in honor of Dr. Vivian Pinn who was a graduate of the UVA School of Medicine Class of 1967. She is a member of the National Academies of Science, a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the National Medical Association.

Please join me in congratulating the incoming class of Pinn Scholars.

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Research

2017 Pinn Scholars with the scholarship’s namesake, Dr. Vivian Pinn (left) at the School of Medicine’s Symposium on Research Excellence: (l-r) Brant Isakson, PhD; Gordon W. Laurie, PhD; Shayn Pierce-Cottler, PhD; and Jochen Zimmer, PhD.

It’s Time for You to THRIV

THRIV’s inaugural class of scholars: (l-r) Dustin Walters, MD; Jessica Keim-Malpass, PhD, RN; Kathleen McManus, MD, MS; Brynne Sullivan, MD; and Kyle J. Lampe, PhD.

The Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV) program has announced a new call for proposals for mentored career development awards for junior faculty at UVA who are pursuing a career in clinical or translational research.

THRIV is a transformational cross-Grounds collaboration that leverages the latest advances in data science to accelerate innovation in health-related research and facilitate team science. THRIV seeks to support highly qualified junior faculty for activities related to the development of a successful clinical research or translational research career.

The first group of scholars came from three different schools across Grounds — the School of Nursing, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Medicine — and I am excited see that applications are now open for the next group of promising scientists.

The THRIV Scholar Career Development Program aims to train the next generation of translational researchers in principles of data science, the conduct of rigorous and reproducible science, and to promote team science as a means to enhance innovation and discovery in health-related research. The program provides up to 75% salary/fringe support for up to 2 years for Scholars in addition to funding for research-related expenses and training.

For details visit THRIV’s website, or contact Sandra Burks.

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Research

Faculty: Do You Know about This Professional Development Opportunity?

Committed to Excellence: (l-r) Christine M. Peterson, MD; Kenneth C. Bilchick, MD; Maryellen E. Gusic, MD; Ann L. Kellams, MD; P. Preston Reynolds, MD, PhD; Sukumar Sarkar, PhD; and Guillermo E. Solorzano, MD

Since the inception of its Certificate of Commitment to Excellence in Teaching series in 2012, the School of Medicine has offered professional development for faculty, fellows and residents, as well as students and staff who want to advance their skills as teachers and/or pursue scholarly work in education.

This program series is offered by the Office of Medical Education in conjunction with the Academy of Distinguished Educators. Opportunities include Medical Education Grand Rounds — lunchtime programs presented by nationally and internationally acclaimed experts in medical education — multiple afternoon sessions presented by UVA SOM faculty on various topics in education, and a monthly lunchtime Journal Club. Most are highly interactive sessions during which participants learn together and exchange ideas to enhance both teaching and learning.

This year’s series covers a range of topics of interest to those who teach in the classroom and in clinical settings. Topics include Providing Effective Feedback, Professional Identity Formation, Remediating the Learner in Need, Entrustable Professional Activities, and a research series. At the suggestions of our faculty, the content addresses learner assessment, curriculum development, advising and mentoring learning, and using a scholarly approach in educational leadership roles. The sessions are supplemented by a monthly journal club for participants to engage in a facilitated discussion of articles from the literature that address a broad variety of topics of interest.

In addition to receiving CME credit, anyone who attends 10 or more of these sessions over a two-year period receives a certificate acknowledging their commitment to professional development in education. To date, over 60 individuals have earned a certificate.

The topics presented are designed to help educators who teach across the continuum — medical student teaching, resident and fellow teaching, and peer/faculty development — and support participants in developing scholarly work and scholarship in education. The sessions provide an environment in which educators can get together to build skills and develop relationships.

We will build on the successes of past programming to meet the needs of those who are interested in biomedical and health sciences education. We welcome additional colleagues to lead and facilitate sessions in the Certificate series and for the Journal Club.

R.J. Canterbury, MD, MS, DLFAPA
Wilford W. Spradlin Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Education